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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 2,106
Reviews: 741
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 321
Gots: 384 | FT: 24
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at Nøgne Ø.

Imperial oatmeal stout brewed with coffee. Ingredients: Water, malts, hops, yeast and Vietnamese ca phe chon coffee.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-02-2009)
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Photo of tjfinkle
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have been sitting on this bottle for a while and decided to pop it open today after cleaning out my cellar this past weekend. I poured it into one of my bruery tulip glasses. The beer poured thick and black with nice tan head that settled down to a nice lacing around the edges of the glass.

The smell is heavy roasted malt and dark fruit. The taste is also of dark fruit and roasted malt. Not quite as much coffee taste as I expected, but it is still noticeable on the finish. The roasted malts are just a little too much for me. Even after a year or so in the cellar the roasted malts are a bit on the harsh side, but still very tasty.

And the look on my girlfriends face when I told her it had weasel droppings in it was priceless.

tjfinkle, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with a sizeable brown head on top. Aroma of cocoa and coffee. Earthy and yeasty quality. Has that "india ink" aroma I liken to homebrew for some reason. More of the same flavorwise. Quite prominant "grain" flavor. Mildly astringent. Distinct bitter "bite"-not sure if it is off the coffee or what. Decent enough mouthfeel, the grainy flavors are presnt in the mouthfeel as well. Overall a decent enough beer, though I cant get overly excited. Glad to have tried but not something I would seek out.

lackenhauser, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Buddha22
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

Black as night color with a tan one finger head. Smell is of a sweet coffee, with hints of berry in the nose. I can't pinpoint the exact type of berry. Taste is a fruity coffee flavor with decent bitterness on the back end. Mouthfeel is full bodied real creamy and decent carbonation. Pretty good drinkability for its 10.9 abv. Overall a good beer.

Buddha22, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle tried 19 Feb 2011.  Served in ~300 mL Maudite snifter.  Courtesy of OrgasmicChemist, thanks!

Small dark brown head.  Lightly carbonated.  Very dark brown in color. Aroma of coffee, loamy, earthy.  Hard to describe but nice.  Roasty also.  Starts roasty sweet.  Lots of coffee, lightly sweet.  Earthy.  Astringent in the finish.  Dark fruits, maybe raspberry.  Some hoppy bitterness in the finish.  More raspberry in aroma as it warms.  Lots of sediment.

Probably the best thing I ever ate that came out an animals bowels...

A says like a raspberry orange at Christmas.

htomsirveaux, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a tulip

Pours a a rich, dark milk chocolate; oily and viscous. Head is massive and creamy, dark mocha color with a slight ruby tint. Fades quickly to a thick ring and minimal lacing.

Rich and dark aroma, mildly bittersweet with strong roast coffee notes, bitter chocolate, berries, grains and oats and plenty of roast malt.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and silky with light carbonation and a long lasting, slightly bitter finish of fresh roasted coffee.

Flavor is more reminiscent of an imperial oatmeal stout with the coffee making it presence most strongly felt in the finish Throughout there is a lingering bittersweet berry flavor and layers of roasted and bready malts.

Drinkability gets knocked down a little as even with a year of age it's still a little hot and harsh (both in alcohol and bitterness). Still fairly unique for a coffee stout and merits revisiting.

yourefragile, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
3.65/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. After a weekend of disappointing beer, I need one that I know will be a homerun. Pours with a nice thick creamy mocha head that shrinks to about half an inch thick atop a pitch black body. Super sticky lacing.

The aroma is somewhat fruity, with a bit of dark cherry alongside the typical chocolate aromas.

The bitterness of the coffee shines through at the start and especially the finish. Just a touch of malt sweetness is there to mellow it out. The taste is a bit intense; for coffee lovers only.

This one is pretty thick. The carbonation is soft to medium, and brings out the bitterness of the coffee. This is a coffee bomb, but the coffee is tasty.

andrewinski1, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of ZacharyJ
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up from John at Granite Liquors in Weymouth. (dbexpert). Pours a coffee black with a bright white head that turns brown as it dissipates. Smells vaguely of coffee infused with mocha flavors. Doesn't just taste like coffee, it tastes like great coffee. Sweet raspberry in the aftertaste. You could do the entire bottle in a sitting, but it's a great beer to share, as I think many people should get to enjoy this one.

ZacharyJ, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of snpub540
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this one really does wake you up.

Poured into a Duvel tulip a completely black hue with a brown head. Had some nice hang time for a beer of almost 11%. Web lacing on the glass. Very nice.

The nose is a hint to the nice amount of alcohol in this one as well as a strong nose of coffee. There's also some dried dark fruits in there and possibly some molasses. Very nice and tempting.

Taste is bitter coffee and some chocolate upfront, with a nice amount of roasted flavor as well. Raisins and prune are the dominate fruity flavors and the finish is a warm vinous flavor.

Super creamy smooth body from the oatmeal. And alcohol is pretty well balanced but you can definitely feel it when you get up from your first pint.

A very nice brew.

snpub540, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This pours jet black in color. A pretty aggressive pour only gives this a half-finger dark tan head. There are some specs of lacing left on the glass.

S - It smells of dark roasted malts, strong coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, and vanilla. I am also getting notes of dates or figs.

T - The taste is of strong roasted coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some booze. The finish is of bitter roasted coffee. This is a great tasting stout. I really enjoy the strong bitter coffee taste.

M - It has a full body and low carbonation. It has a rich velvety feel to it, and it goes down very easy. There is a slight puckering bitterness here, as well as some alcohol warmth.

D - The drinkability is good here. It is a slow sipper for sure, but the taste is amazing. I really like this beer a lot. I would definitely try this one again.

JizackFH, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of readbaron
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, inky black with a generous (from the hard pour) dark mocha head. The head fades quickly into a ring and leaves a bit of sticky lacing.

Initially not a lot of nose to this one. Smells very malty with a decent bit of coffee and some oaty and chocolaty sweetness with anise underneath. The aroma that exists is excellent, and really opens up as the beer warms.

Taste is excellent. Very smooth - well blended. Starts out malty with a wallop of coffee. It finishes with some licorice and oatmeal and chocolate sweetness. Somewhere in there is a hint of burnt roasty bitterness. An exceptionally smooth and tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Thick, creamy, lightly carbonated, viscous and oh so smooth.

A slow sipper for sure - this is one tasty, tasty brew. Just wish it wasn't so pricey.

readbaron, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle, recent batch delivered to Georgia so quite fresh. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours black with a good sized dark brown head that recedes to a light cap and ring and leaves some nice drippy lacing.

The aroma is some of the most rich and premium coffee I've ever encountered in a beer, fantastic! While the coffee is the star of the show, the supporting cast consists of chocolate, rich roasted malts, hints of dark fruit, caramel and bread. Excellent strength.

As good as the aroma is, the flavor is even better....coffee heaven! Wow. Absolutely intense coffee experience...perhaps the best I've ever encountered in a beer. Also features some really nice rich chocolate, roasted malts and a bit of dark fruit and caramel. Alcohol is very well hidden for this level of ABV.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, very creamy and soft, low carbonation.

I may have just found my new favorite coffee stout which is saying a lot as it is one of my favorite styles. Words just can't describe...

elgiacomo, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Neffbeer
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Pitch dark, completely opaque. Thick tan head that just hangs on forever, pretty amazing. The lacing is just as extreme, it is coating the glass perfectly covering each cm in luscious frothy goodness. Great start.

S: Wow, the nose on this beer is off the charts. Anise, tobacco, leather, chocolate, and all around roasty goodness. Just impeccable. There is a spicy character that I cannot put my finger on. It could be the bittering hops. For the style, imperial oatmeal coffee stout, this is setting the bar rather high. As it warms the resinous quality of the brew starts to shine. It is very earthy and almost dirty.

T: Oh sweet beer gods, this is some divine nectar. Where do I begin? Vanilla jumps out (which I did not detect on the nose), anise, and chocolate and fades into the extreme roast of malt. The coffee makes its' varmint appearance with authority mid-palate. It seems sweet for an instant but smoothly transitions in to a dry clean finish that lingers into roasty coffee goodness.

M: Full bodied and incredibly smooth, velvet.

D: Even at 10.9% I could drink ALOT of this beer. One of the best offerings I have had from Mikkeller. Cheers.

Neffbeer, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer Geek Brunch...Weasel. 10.9% abv.

This Imperial Oatmeal Stout is brewed with one of the world's most expensive coffees, made from the droppings of weasel-like civet cats. The fussy Southeast Asian animals only eat the best and ripest coffee berries. Enzymes in their digestive system help to break down the bean. Workers collect the bean-containing droppings for Civet or Weasel Coffee. The exceedingly rare Civet Coffee has a strong taste and an even stronger aroma.

Brewed and bottled by Mikkeller at Nogne-O, Grimstad, Norway.

Let's forego trepidation and reservation and crack that crown...

Thoroughly black, sizable head, rich and toasty brown. Nice looking stout.

Aroma: right on the money. Lovely, lovely stuff. Soft, but roasty and toasty, a trifle burnt, but overall smooth. Every inch and every way, what a good, bold oatmeal stout should be...wait, "bold" oatmeal stout?

Taste: huh. Interesting. Not too sweet, not bitter in any inordinate degree, just balanced enough. There's rich malt, but not too thick, there's some bitterness, some sweet malt, but ....dang, balanced is the word I keep coming back to...weird. Tasty cocoa flavors come through, yummy coffee notes...very strong and undeniable flavor, long finish, full flavor. But there is absolutely nothing unusual, or to be true, interesting about this one. We can't taste the civet cat, nor his droppings. It's only disgusting if we dwell on it. You could have gotten a good imperial oatmeal stout, without scooping the pooping. Sorry. I'm just saying. Really, no one wanted this to taste like poo. But, on the other hand, it doesn't deliver anything extra. There's a grit, there's a grab, there's something, ....

I did it, and I won't spend the extra coin to do it again. Mark this in the "did it" slot, and I will grab another oatmeal stout, imperial or not, that did arise out of a weasel's back slot.

feloniousmonk, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of Beejay
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as the darkest night. Looks like dark black glass in poured into a tulip. The small amount of head is a dark brown cocoa color. The head dissipates fairly quickly, but is brought back by a quick swirl.

S: Deep dark sweet malt. There is a bit of a earthy smell in here as well. There is a very dark coffee scent that mingles with rich dark chocolate.

T: Huge hit from the coffee and chocolate. It's like drinking a cup of dark chocolate mixed with an earthy bitter espresso. This is a coffee lover's beer. Deep, dark, and a good strong bitterness.

M: Rich, thick, and creamy smooth. Beauty. It really coats your mouth like rich cream.

D: Definitely a sipper of a beer, but strong and tasty. The price is a little prohibitive for drinking this regularly, but it sure is a good treat.

Beejay, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours completely opaque black with a thick mocha head that creates some nice lacing. Can't really ask for more in terms of appearance.

The smell is a welcome mix of dark and milk chocolate, dark roast espresso, dark plum, port and tobacco.

Mouthfeel is on the thick side for the style. Very light carbonation helps create a coat-the-back-of-your-mouth oil slick.

Down the hatch. Although there is a very strong coffee flavor here, it isn't overly charred which lets some of the complexity to develop on the palate. On one layer you get the espresso and chocolate flavors, but the beer also has a layer of fruit and port that provides a surprisingly delicate sweetness on top of the strong earthy foundation. There's also a mesquite smoke note that helps bind things together. The beer rewards repeated sips as there are a lot of flavors to process that also blend well as a whole. As far as my taste buds are concerned, this beer is world class. I just wish the mouthfeel wasn't quite so thick.

chicagobeerriot, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of socon67
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Consendonk Tulip

A - Inky black with a brown foam. No real lacing. Pours like syrup.

S - Smells of coffee, malt, chocolate, and licorice. I have to admit, the curiosity of drinking beer infused with weasel waste coffee was a reason to seek this out. I love coffee, and this didn't disappoint.

T - Very complex. Sweet and contrasted by the bitter coffee taste. Gives way to a subtle finish. You don't taste the ABV that is sneaking up on you.

M - Smooth as silk. This guy is heavy but masks it well. I'd say this is the best feature of this beer. An imperial stout that pours thick but drinks much lighter.

D - I finished the bottle in two fills, but was feeling it after. The tastes are intense and you *will* be adjusting your palate (and skull) after. So while you will want to drink this often, you are best to share and enjoy.

First try of a Mikkeller beer, and I will try more of them. A good example of the style and worth the price.

socon67, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of otto251068
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pt 0.9 fl oz bottle into a Westmalle chalice. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours an oily, pitch black with only a touch of light getting through around the edges, a few bubbles sticking to the glass. A dense, light brown colored head appears and grows to about a fingers worth, then slowly fades to a thin layer.

Smell: Lots of bold, black licorice in the nose to start things off. Alcohol is ever present, but subtle. Definite coffee, with some cocoa. Roasted malts and brown sugar round things out.

Taste: Coffee hits first and dominates. A dark, smooth, roasted coffee flavor mixed with some unsweetened cocoa. Slight bitterness, and then a powerful, condensed sweet flavor hits at the end. Simply amazing, all the flavors, and the strength of the flavors are absolutely perfect.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with light carbonation. This beer is very heavy, thick, chewy, and quite filling. The carbonation is almost non-existant, making it a very smooth, easy drinking beer, but the flavors force this one to be a sipper.

Overall: Like I have mentioned, the coffee flavors in here force you to slow down and make this one last. But, the bold flavors in this one are great, and I had no problem finishing this bottle off (even though it took me a very long time), and I'm sorry to see it go. The high alcohol level certainly is not present.

otto251068, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of SeaUrchin
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had a bottle of this poured into an unbranded tulip

appearance - poured a dark dark brown, with a half a finger head that was lighter than expected, moderate carbonation, slight lacing

smell - smell of roasted malts, coffee takes the center stage with a chocolate finish, smells delicious

taste - upfront is a bitter-sweet chocolate malt, followed by a moderately strong coffee flavor, finishes with a slight vanilla, bitter coffee, and almost sweet smokey flavor, hard to put my finger on but makes me want another sip

mouthfeel - i would have liked it a bit thicker, lighter feel than expected the carbonation helped lighten it a lot, drank almost the same as a cold cup of coffee

drinkability - if the cost wasnt an issue this would be a very easy beer to go through a few bottles in a night, drank like a cold cup of coffee, if you find it cheap buy a case and have a few good nights

SeaUrchin, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of GregSVT
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz bottle into a snifter - courtesy of Stig

A: Pours a deep black with a nice dark tan head that fades to a ring and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is mocha coffee with a bit of cocoa and vanilla on the finish.

T: There are flavors of coffee, vanilla, and bittersweet chocolate on the finish. Much tastier than the Breakfast version.

M: The feel is medium bodied with an oily feeling on the finish. A bit thin but not bad.

D: Pretty tasty coffee stout and something I'd probably have again. The ABV will catch up with you over the course of a bottle but it's still pretty good.

GregSVT, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of nhindian
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a large snifter. Bottle provided by bs870621345, thanks Bobby!

This is Mikeller's normal Beer Geek Breakfast stout with a little something extra in it - Civet Coffee. Civet Coffee, also known as Kopi Luwak, which loosely translates into Weasel Coffee. Produced and cultivated in Vietnam, Kopi Luwak is the world's most expensive coffee, with prices ranging from $100-600 a pound, and some cafes has successfully sold it by the cup for the low cost of $46. So what makes this coffee so special? Per Wikipedia, "It is made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) and other related civets, then passed through its digestive tract.[1] A civet eats the berries for their fleshy pulp. In its stomach, proteolytic enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through a civet's intestines the beans are then defecated, keeping their shape. After gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness, widely noted as the most expensive coffee in the world."

Yep. This beer has weasel shit in it.

A - Much like the normal Beer Geek Breakfast, this beer is a dark one, perhaps a bit darker due to its lack of any noticeable highlights, just deep opaqueness. The head forms incredibly late, starting slowly before rising out of the depths to place a 2-fingered, copper colored head with moderate retention. The head is foamy and thick, and when it's gone it leaves a silky cap in its place. Very generous lacing as well to complete the look.

S - Now, I enjoy my coffee, but can't say I have any previous experience with Kopi Luwek, but comparing the beer with the normal version, I'll hopefully be able to discern what it adds or subtracts. Unlike the normal version, this beer is much more balanced in the nose. While Beer Geek had a predominant coffee aroma, Weasel offers a more robust and diverse nose. While the coffee notes are still prominent, it is complemented with dark chocolate, almost a fudge character, hops, and a bit of alcohol. Much more sweeter than the original version. Almost reminds me of Southern Tier's "Chocolate" with an espresso shot. The fudge and alcohol notes in that beer really mimic what I'm getting here.

T - Much like in the nose, the taste is just world's beyond what I got in the original version. The coffee tones are surprisingly a but more muted and put in check by the strong, sweet, chocolate. Think of one of the darkest chocolate candy bars you've had, and imagine that in liquid form. It probably doesn't sound too appetizing that way, but it is delicious. The hops come through slightly in the end to add a bit of a bite, along with a slight alcohol heat, but both definitely add to the overall experience.

M - Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with low carbonation. I would've preferred perhaps a touch more carbonation, but the upside to this is that it complements the silkiness of the head. Overall incredibly smooth, with a rich finish that lingers with coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of alcohol.

D - Drinkability is high. This beer is incredibly easy to drink and each time I put it down I find it in my hand again moments later. The alcohol is there but doesn't deter in the least and the flavors pop the warmer it gets. Overall a much better beer than the normal version and easily places in my top 5 stouts (which is saying a lot).

nhindian, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of SuperNova777
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a non transparent black with a huge tan head with nice lacing. Rich roastiness
along with big coffee comes thru as well with some chocolate. Same flavors come thru in the taste with coffee seems to cover the palate. Nice body that is a little thicker and syrupy. Easy going down with no alcohol bite on it as well, seems that I drank it pretty quickly.

SuperNova777, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

HUGE thanks to cmmcdonn for trading this to me. Thanks Chad!

A: Pours an extremely dark brown/black with a thin coating of creamy tan head. Some spotty lacing, but with spots so small it almost looks like it's ice coating the glass.

S: Bitter and sweet in all different ways. The kopi luwak coffee here is the exception- sweet and delicious; I've never had the coffee on its own, but it's obvious this is top notch. Besides that, tons of dark chocolate and roasted/charred malts are present. Some dark, plummy fruits add light accents and balance; amazing smell all around. A warning: make sure to fully enjoy the smell before your palate gets wrecked by the taste!

T: First, we'll start with the finish: this is the best finish of a beer I've ever experienced. A perfect balance of sweet coffee and bittersweet chocolate combines to present one of the best tastes I've ever tasted, in beer, other drink, or any other food (including dessert). Roasted malts compliment this wonderful balance exceptionally- providing a light balance of flavor that leaves me wondering if there's anything I'm possibly missing in this beer/if there's anything else that could possibly be fit in. Lingering fruity flavors add just a bit but never dominate. Before the insane finish, my taste buds are met by a similar blend of chocolate and coffee, in perfect proportion to one another. Wow, I cannot recommend this beer enough based off of taste.

M: I cannot get over the finish of this beer; it leaves my mouth, and I can barely tell that it ever touched my throat. The pleasant finish of a sweet cafe mocha (or even chocolate milk) is outstanding- if some medical procedure was invented to put the taste of this beer in my mouth at all times, I would be first in line to sign up for it. A light carbonation is also present, just enough to bump up the creaminess a bit.

D: Sure it's a big stout, but you might never know that from drinking it. So milky and smooth, I could sip on this all night; I'm sad my glass is over. The price tag on this beer might be hefty, but it is SURELY worth it- splurge for a special occasion, or just to make an ordinary night interesting.

AwYeh, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of seeswo
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed right before Super Bowl kickoff. Pours black with a small tan head. Looks good. Smell was a bit of a let down. Smells of coffee and a bit of booze, but lacking the richness I was expecting. The flavor is of strong, delicious coffee, balanced with a small amount of creaminess. It finishes with a bit of bitterness and booziness that is not as pleasant as the front. Again, the creaminess in the mouth is spot on, not over done but providing good balance. This goes down very smooth and could be quaffed rapidly if one did that with $14 bottles of beer.

seeswo, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of Spider889
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been wanting to try this for some time, finally sprung for this bottle at From the Vine recently. My wife wasn't so thrilled when I tried to explain the origin of the coffee though...

A - Pours a fairly thick, dark brown, but the beer settles black as night in my Duvel tulip. There's a very small cocoa powder colored head. Persistent carbonation creates a steady stream of bubbles meeting at the surface. I get a nice cascading effect through the half-crescent of bubbles that were left once the head receded. Very minimal spots of lace cling desperately to the sides of my glass.

S - Wow. The immediate first impression is of rich chocolate truffles. Imagine 70% cocoa dark chocolate Godiva truffles sprinkled with real truffle powder. Wow, again, just wow. The beer is very sweet with mild coffee aromas. Deep inhales from within my tulip reveal black raisins, currants, and subtle smooth coffee. Maybe there's something to this civet poop coffee... there is a discernible difference between this coffee and the harsher espresso aromas most coffee beers portray.

T - Very rich and smooth. Here comes the coffee! It's dark and roasted but so very soft on the palate. Dare I say softer coffee flavor than in FBS? Please do not mistake my meaning - the coffee is not soft as in muted, but soft as in delicately nuanced. The flavor profile is not nearly as sweet as the aroma. I get more truffle powder and dark chocolate creating more of a bitter-sweetness within the beer. Mild oats lend additional smoothness to this complex brew, and a slight char helps to balance the sweet.

M - Lingering dryness on the palate. There's a slight powdery texture there (have I mentioned truffles in this review yet?) Nevertheless the beer itself is very smooth going down. Moderate carbonation is just about right.

D - The alcohol is well hidden. Frankly, the only thing keeping me from stocking up on more of this is the price.

Spider889, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of warnerry
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a thick, opaque black with a finger of brown head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving a trail of lacing behind.

S - Up front smell is intense deep coffee, accompanied by roasted malts, CHOCOLATE, and slight aromas of fruit.

T - Like the aroma, coffee completely dominates, which, as a coffee lover, I support. Wonderful flavor; some roasted, almost burnt malts, then comes some chocolate notes.

M - nice medium/heavy mouthfeel. This completely coats the palate in a wonderful way.

D - Some apparent abv drops drinkability a little, but this is fantastic for someone who loves both beer and coffee.

warnerry, Feb 08, 2011
Beer Geek Brunch Weasel from Mikkeller ApS
96 out of 100 based on 2,106 ratings.